FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet on October 19th

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Jill Eggleston, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer for USCIS, helps to brainstorm ideas during the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee meeting at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2016. NARA photo by Brogan Jackson.

This Friday, September 29th, registration will open for the next meeting of the FOIA Advisory Committee in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives. The event is open to the public and can also be watched via livestream on the National Archives YouTube Channel.

As our regular blog readers know, the 2016-2018  FOIA Advisory Committee has been hard at work for a little over a year. Early in its term, the Committee’s members determined that they wanted to develop recommendations aimed at three important issue areas — proactive disclosures, searches, and efficiencies and resources. All of these topics reflect the profound effects that technology is having on the way that government operates, and the public’s expectations for openness with regard to federal records.

During the October 19th meeting, co-chairs of each of the subcommittees will brief the Committee on its work since the July 20th meeting. During this meeting, we also expect that the subcommittees will discuss their draft recommendations. The October 19th meeting will also feature a special presentation by NARA’s former Director of Litigation, Jason R. Baron. Mr. Baron currently is Of Counsel at Drinker Biddle LLP, and is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents.

You can follow the FOIA Advisory Committee’s work by visiting this section of our website. If you have any comments for the Committee, please email them to

2 thoughts on “FOIA Advisory Committee to Meet on October 19th

  1. This is a very good idea to have a FOIA Ombudsman. Can’t see it happening in the UK or am I being too vexatious.?

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